Ben Gattie: Buro. Singapore That Friday Feeling Playlist #197


Text: Ben Gattie

Editor: Tracy Phillips

Fridays are special at The Working Capitol. It is a mood and a call for all workers in The Working Capitol, and indeed around our neighbourhood at Keong Saik Road, to unapologetically let their hair down and let the good times roll. Our take on a Friday's celebration has resulted in Fri-Hey, where we gather all our members on the last Friday of the month at our beloved Beer Garden. Good cheer and free flow drinks are the order of any Fri-Hey, but it's the music that really gets us up, up, up, and away. The playlist mirrors the ebb and flow of our Beer Garden celebrations; it starts off slow and soulful, with the pulse threatening to get heavier, before we break into a cheerful sing-along to keep the mood in check.

We caught Lord Echo's set at Wonderfruit last year with some members who made the trip with us. Being overseas with them cemented a bond and his tune "Thinking Of You" stuck. The rhythm and repetition in Theo Parrish's "Sweet Sticky" trigger the childlike emotions within us and get our feet and shoulders bopping.

"Get Innocuous" by LCD Soundsystem is the perfect blend of house and rock sweet spots, paving the way for a livelier and more energetic hour of the night. "Setsuna" by Sunny Day Service is infectious. Someone played it at their desk once, and everyone who listened to it couldn't stop smiling when they heard it.

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings are everything right with music. A modern group giving a variety of nods to the Motown and R&B of the 70s sums up The Working Capitol on Keong Saik Road. If a tour with us won't show you, maybe you'll hear it all in "How Long Do I Have To Wait For You?".

Ben Gattie is co-founder of co-working community, The Working Capitol, a row of shophouses that served as a biscuit factory in the 1920s and has since been thoughtfully adapted to impart to a new sense of space, community and purpose, in the charming neighbourhood of Keong Saik Road.